After sneaking into the 2014 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 brining up the rear, the United States takes on Belgium (Belgica) – one of only four teams to go through the group stage unbeaten – in tonight’s late (live stream/en vivo online and TV schedule) game. A NY Times (July 1) preview states that Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, will host this intercontinental affair, which will be broadcast live in various networks and multiple languages at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (3 p.m. CT/2 p.m. MT/1 p.m. PT).
In the United States and Canada, three major networks will handle national TV and live stream (Internet) duties for this pivotal elimination clash: ESPN (TV/live stream), Univision (TV/Internet en vivo) and CBC-Canada (TV only). The Worldwide Leader will set the tone for this game with its online-exclusive pre-match show at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN3, followed by the following free live streaming feeds (Eastern Times):
(3:00 p.m.) Belgium vs. United States (Round of 16) (2014 FIFA World Cup)
(3:55 p.m.) Highlight Reel – Belgium vs. United States – ESPN3 free live stream
(3:55 p.m.) Tactical Cam – Belgium vs. United States – ESPN3 free live stream
(3:57 p.m.) Em Português – Bélgica vs. Estados Unidos – ESPN-Deportes en vivo gratis
(6:00 p.m.) Post-Match – Belgium vs. United States (Round of 16) (2014 FIFA World Cup)
ESPN TV and CBC-Canada TV will both get their USA vs. Belgium 2014 FIFA World Cup national broadcasts underway at 3 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, Univision TV (Miami-23) and Univision Deportes (online Español) get things started at 3:30 p.m. ET with Estados Unidos vs. Belgica 2014 en vivo Copa Mundial de Futbol Brasil – following Primer Impacto: Edicion Mundial at 3 p.m. ET.
For the United States, this year’s World Cup has been about proving critics wrong, said longtime goalie Tim Howard. And despite the fact that Team USA needed some help to get into the Round of 16, this year’s squad not only proud of its accomplishments, but they’re ready to shock the world this evening.
“We navigated ourselves through the so-called group of death,” Howard told FIFA.com. “We’re not world-beaters yet, but we’re standing toe-to-toe with some big teams.”
For Belgium, coach Marc Wilmots is concerned about the fact that his captain, Vincent Kompany will be forced to watch from the sidelines, while Thomas Vermaelen may also have to sit out this pivotal clash. Vermaelen continues to nurse a knee injury, while Kompany is struggling with groin issues.
“I don’t know about Vincent and whether he will be fit,” Wilmots said. “Thomas, though, has not enough time to be fit by tomorrow. He will be fit if we make the quarter-finals. He will return to full squad training in a day or two. Marouane is fine, no problem.”
Nevetherless, 2014 FIFA World Cup oddsmakers give Belgium (Belgica) the edge over the United States despite being short-handed. The latest soccer odds show that the European side is listed as a +110 favorite, Team USA as +250 underdogs, while the OVER/UNDER tallies 2½ goals and the chances of a draw equal +240.
Can Team USA defy the odds yet again and force its way into the 2014 FIFA World Cup (Copa Mundial de Futbol Brasil) quarterfinals with a win over Belgium? Tune to ESPN (TV/live stream) and CBC-Canada (TV only) to watch this match with English commentary, while Latino futbol fans can rely on Univision TV and Univision Deportes En Vivo to deliver once again (Estadis Unidos vs. Belgica 2014 en Español).